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To Horace Mann
provident of necessaries, or thought how they were to wash their hands and face after a victory. Six hundred horses, under the care of the Duke of Eichmond, were even shipped; and the clothes and furniture of his court magnificent enough for a bull-fight at the conquest of Granada. Felton Hervey's5 war-horse, besides having richer caparisons than any of the expedition, had a gold net to keep off the flies—in winter! Judge of the clamours this expense to no purpose will produce! My Lord Carteret is set out from the Hague, but was not landed when the last letters came from London: there are no great expectations from this trip; no more than followed from my Lord Stair's.
I send you two more Odes on Pulteney, I believe by the same hand as the former, though none are equal to the Nova Progenies, which has been more liked than almost ever anything was. It is not at all known whose they are; I believe Hanbuiy Williarns's. The note to the first was printed with it: the advice to him to be Privy Seal has its foundation; for when the consultation was held who were to have places, and my Lord Grower was named to succeed Lord Hervey, Pulteney said with some warmth, ' I designed to be Privy Seal myself!'
We expect some company next week .from Newmarket: here is at present only Mr. Keene and Pigwiggin8,—you never saw so agreeable a creature!—oh yes ! you have seen his parents! I must tell you a new story of them: Sir Robert had given them a little horse for Pigwiggin, and somebody had given them another: both which, to save the charge of keeping, they sent to grass in New Park. After
5 Tenth son of first Earl of Bristol; Equerry to Queen Caroline and Q-room of the Bedchamber to the Duke of Cumberland; d. 1775.
8 Eldest son of old Horace Wai-pole. Walpole. — Horatio Walpole (1723-1809) succeeded his father as
second Baron Walpole of Wolter-ton, 1757; or. Earl of Orford, 1806 ; M.P. for King's Lynn, 1747-57. The name ' Pigwiggin,' occurs as that of a fairy knight in Drayton's Nym-pliidia.